What I’ve Learned by Seeking Silence

By Katie Corbett


Intentionally making time in my day for silence is an activity I try to make a priority. Since I use screen-reading software and because I listen to audiobooks, I get exposed to a lot of noise. Hearing sounds is how I mostly perceive the world since I’m blind. While meaningful noise is important to me, peace and quiet is key, too.


The book, “52 Small Changes for the Mind,” by Brett Blumenthal, shares the benefits of making quiet time a regular part of your routine. Here are some of the positive points I noticed when I started trading noise for tranquility each day.


  • I can pray.
  • I have more time to think.
  • I can focus on my feelings.
  • I can imagine, dream, and plan.
  • I can grow in comfort being by myself.
  • I can relax without the pressure of having to do or process anything.
  • I can work through issues that are bothering me on a subconscious level.
  • I have time to reflect on how I’m spending my money, time, and energy.
  • I can daydream.
  • I can sit peacefully and take a break.


If you would like to experience some of the benefits of not having background noise, I encourage you to take some time each day to sit in peace and quiet. It can be as little as five or ten minutes at first. I now spend a minimum of thirty minutes in silence each day. Start whenever and wherever works best for you. Some of my best silent times are in bed right before falling asleep or right after waking up.


What do you notice as you spend time in the stillness? Leave me a comment and let me know how this changes your life.


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